Years two to four

On successful completion of the first year, your registration will be at the University of your lead supervisor, known as your ‘Home University’.  This means that you could be based at Cardiff University, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield or University College London.

You are also very likely to spend time with an industrial partner as part of your project and you will participate in cohort training activities. Over the period, your progress will be monitored via the procedures of your Home University and the quality of your student experience will be monitored by the CDT Education and Management Boards.


In addition to using video conferencing and a dedicated communications platform to keep in touch, there will be a number of opportunities for you to connect face-to-face with your year group and with the full CDT cohort with venue rotation between the four Universities. 

Other activities include:

  • Annual 3-day Summer School
  • Annual student-led conference
  • Public Engagement training and coaching by the award winning Science Made Simple (SMS) to enable the development of exhibit materials and activities with audiences ranging from policy makers, industry and school children
  • Responsible research and innovation training
  • Conference attendance for the full cohort at either the UK Semiconductor Conference or the Semiconductor Integrated Optoelectronics (SIOE)
  • Careers event
  • Advanced skills training held at one of the partner universities and attended by all students in the year group.
  • Annual facilitated innovation event

The CDT will provide funds for your travel and accommodation for these events.

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